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Defining The Order of Nine Angles

Defining The Order of Nine Angles

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The very name Order Of Nine Angles is interesting and descriptive. Given that, according to the complete Oxford English Dictionary, the word order has the meaning "any of the grades or ranks in an ordered or hierarchical structure, characterized by sequence," it should be fairly obvious that the name refers to the ordered structure of nine emanations - or angles or dimensions - that characterize the anados of the hermetic path, as described for example in the Poimandres tract of the ancient text the Corpus Hermeticum: the seven occult grades (the septenary) of the Seven Fold Way plus the two states of (acausal) existence that await for the mortal who has "handed over their body to its death" and who thus, beyond the 'ogdoadic physis', attains the goal of immortality.
The very name Order Of Nine Angles is interesting and descriptive. Given that, according to the complete Oxford English Dictionary, the word order has the meaning "any of the grades or ranks in an ordered or hierarchical structure, characterized by sequence," it should be fairly obvious that the name refers to the ordered structure of nine emanations - or angles or dimensions - that characterize the anados of the hermetic path, as described for example in the Poimandres tract of the ancient text the Corpus Hermeticum: the seven occult grades (the septenary) of the Seven Fold Way plus the two states of (acausal) existence that await for the mortal who has "handed over their body to its death" and who thus, beyond the 'ogdoadic physis', attains the goal of immortality.

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Defining The Order of Nine AnglesThe O9A Name
The very name Order Of Nine Angles is interesting and descriptive. Given that,according to the complete Oxford English Dictionary, the word
order 
 has themeaning "any of the grades or ranks in an ordered or hierarchical structure,characterized by sequence," it should be fairly obvious that the name refers tothe ordered structure of nine emanations - or angles or dimensions {1} - thatcharacterize the anados of the hermetic path, as described for example in thePoimandres tract of the ancient text the Corpus Hermeticum: the seven occultgrades (the septenary) of the Seven Fold Way plus the two states of (acausal)existence that await for the mortal who has "handed over their body to itsdeath" and who thus, beyond the 'ogdoadic physis', attains the goal of immortality {2}.Texts authored by Anton Long have always made it clear that the final stage of his modern hermetic Seven Fold Way is the stage of the immortal and that, asdescribed in the 1980s text
Naos 
 "the goal of sentient life is to
[...]
 become partof the acausal (i.e. immortal when seen from the causal). Initiation, and theMysteries' (i.e. the seven-fold Way), are the means to achieve this." {3}Therefore, correctly and esoterically understood, the name
The Order Of Nine  Angles 
 - and the term 'nine angles' is a clue - refers to the esoteric philosophy(of the nine emanations and a new logos) and to the praxis of a modernhermetic and practical Seven Fold Way first expounded by Anton Long in the1970s and described in texts such as
Naos 
 and
Enantiodromia – The Sinister  Abyssal Nexion
. The name therefore neither describes the beliefs of those whobelong to a particular group (as for example would be the case with somethingcalled the Order of Traditional Satanists) nor does it refer to a institutionconsisting of a particular group or class of people (as for example would be thecase with something called the Order of Knights Templar).Furthermore, again according to the complete Oxford English Dictionary, the
 
word
real 
 means "having an objective existence", and the word
exist 
 means "tohave place in the domain of reality, have objective being," where 'being' is"livelihood, living, subsistence". Clearly, therefore, the Order of Nine Anglesexists, is real, as it has a place in the domain of reality as a distinct esotericphilosophy which has substance - that is, a distinct ontology, a distinctepistemology, a distinct ethics, and a distinct praxis or praxises {4} - and whichesoteric philosophy has been described in some detail by means of the writtenword circulated, and read by others, in various formats including printed.In addition, there have been a number of people over the past four decadeswho, agreeing with that esoteric philosophy, have followed the distinct praxis orpraxises of, or derived from, that philosophy. Hence, the Order of Nine Angles (O9A/ONA) could be described as (i) theoccult (the esoteric) philosophy (of the nine emanations and a new logos), and(ii) the occult praxises of, or derived from, that philosophy or sinister tradition;a tradition first codified by the occultist Anton Long in the 1970s andsubsequently developed by him in the 1980s. The praxises are the Seven FoldWay, the way of the drecc/niner, and the way of the rounwytha.
Being O9A, Defining The O9A 
This description of the term Order of Nine Angles does, however, present aproblem in relation to "who is, or who is not, O9A". That is, what does
being O9A 
 - calling one's self O9A - mean in practical terms? Is there (was there ever)an organization, or a society, to join and be a member of? If not, does being O9A simply mean practising or being inspired by the sinister tradition codified by theoccultist Anton Long? If so, are there any conditions which describe or outlinewhat is involved in such a practice, the negation of which means someone is notO9A? If there are such conditions then who defines these conditions, and whocan judge - who has the authority to judge - who is or who is not O9A?In respect of membership, that there once was a group calling itself the Orderof Nine Angles is attested by the fact that they actively recruited people - tofollow the Seven Fold Way - in the 1980s and early 1990s. There were variouspost boxes in England and which addresses were advertised in occult zines;letters received were answered, and personal meetings with people werearranged. This open recruitment is, for example, mentioned by Michael Aquinoin a letter to Anton Long, contained in the two volume 1990s text
The Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown
, with Aquino mentioning several such meetingsbetween Temple of Set members and someone from the O9A. Furthermore, twopeople recruited during these decades are fairly well-known: Michael Ford inthe 1990s and Richard Moult in the 1980s, with Moult, for example, forming a
 
satellite O9A nexion and recruiting people for it.This open recruitment ceased in the late 1990s, with Anton Long admitting thatsuch open recruitment resulted in only a few people being successful, inpassing the selection process; a selection process he mentioned in a letter toTemple of Set member Austen dated 6th September 1992 eh, and which letterwas published in the aforementioned
Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown
. According to Anton Long, "open recruitment was abandoned because it wasineffective in attracting the right calibre of person. But clandestine - personal -recruitment continued and continues to this day: two or three people perdecade was and is the target. As per tradition, the few who were recruited wereoften relatives or family members or work colleagues of existing O9A people."{5} Thus in the late 1990s the O9A returned to its previous underground,clandestine, existence {6].There is, however, no evidence outside of O9A sources to either confirm or denywhether the O9A as a clandestine group (nexion) still exists and is stillclandestinely recruiting, although several authors have accepted, de facto, thatthe O9A, as such a group, does exist {7}.If this foundational nexion - and its clandestine satellite nexions - do still exist,then being O9A would, in theory, mean belonging to these clandestine nexions.If these nexions no longer exist, then - in theory - being O9A could possiblymean practising or being inspired by the sinister tradition codified by AntonLong, especially given that in a letter to Aquino dated 20th October 1990 ev Anton Long wrote that "once the techniques and the essence are more widelyavailable then 'membership' as such is irrelevant." {8}In respect of conditions which describe or outline what is involved in such apractice, Anton Long has always emphasised the importance of honour, as hementioned in a letter to Aquino dated 7th September 1990 ev:"One essential personal quality is honour born from the quest forself-excellence and self-understanding. One either has this personalquality (or the potential to possess it) or one does not: intellectualdebate about it is irrelevant. This quality is expressed by the way of living an individual follows and as far as the ONA are concerned thisquality is one of those that marks the genuine Satanic elite." {8}In
 A Brief Guide to The Esoteric Philosophy of The Order of Nine Angles 
, dated2009, Anton Long wrote:

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